Do you remember someone who was a major influence on your life, when you were younger?
At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we believe that all children have the potential to succeed despite vulnerability and adversity. And I want to thank you for being someone that cares as much as we do.
We are asking for your support, to make a donation to keep up this life-changing work.
Because sadly, not everyone is so lucky as I was. Without a positive mentor figure in their lives, children are at a much higher risk of falling in with the wrong crowd, declining grades, alcohol and drug abuse, or worse. It creates a devastating ripple effect that breaks my heart.
This is Ben’s* story:
'I stopped going to school in Year 7, no one cared or checked up on me...
I found new groups of friends … We would steal things to survive, first cars, and then break into houses … With money came drugs, the drugs helped me forget … it had been over a year since I had spoken to my Mum.”
It’s so difficult to hear stories like Ben’s, knowing that his life could be so different if only he’d had a supportive role model in his life, exactly like our mentorship programs provide.
And we know our program works, because of stories like this, from Jonathon, one of our young mentees:
“Before I met Wade I didn't ever want to grow up because I thought being a man meant always being angry stressed and getting into fights.
Because of Big Brothers Big Sisters, I have a friend for life and I'm not so scared of growing up anymore."
Despite the success of our programs, there are currently more than 1000 young people waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister. That’s why we are asking you to please make a generous donation today.
Your support can help to give a young person in need the chance to overcome adversity and fulfil their potential. It will be the most transformative gift you can give this festive season.
When you donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters in Australia, 80% of every dollar donated directs supports a new match in our mentoring programs.
A $30 donation will fund a week of a year long mentoring match
Every $1500 raised can provide one year long mentoring match and change a young life forever.
Ensuring Child Safety - Covering the costs of background checks while trained mentoring professionals match Littles with responsibible Bigs
Match Support - Our mentoring professionals provide ongoing supervsion and relationship support for every Big, Little and Little's family for the entirety of the match.
Match Activities - Provide social activities for for vulnerable children in the community.
Recruit "Bigs" - For every match that is made. there are always many ore children being refered by parents, guardians, grandparents, teachers or counsellors.
Please give to Big Brothers Big Sisters in Australia; give joy and opportuntiy to a vulnerable child.
*Name has been changed